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Elliott at the Veterans Day Ceremonies at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, November 2001
|Born||Samuel Pack Elliott
August 9, 1944
Sacramento, California, United States
|Other names||Kyle Peterson|
|Alma mater||California State University|
Samuel Pack "Sam" Elliott (born August 9, 1944) is an American actor. His rangy physique, thick horseshoe moustache, deep, resonant voice, and Western drawl lend to frequent casting as cowboys and ranchers.
Sam Elliott was born in Sacramento, California, to a physical training instructor mother and a father who worked for the Department of the Interior. He moved from California to Oregon with his family during his teenage years, where he graduated from David Douglas High School in Portland. He attended Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, where he completed a two-year program and was cast as one of the leads in Guys and Dolls. The local newspaper suggested that Elliott should be a professional actor. Soon after, Elliott declared he was going to Hollywood to become a star. Elliott is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Cal State L.A.. He worked in construction while studying acting in Los Angeles. Elliott also lived for a short time in Princeton, West Virginia.
Elliott began his career as a character actor; his appearance, voice and bearing were ideally suited to Westerns. One of his first film roles was as 'Card Player #2' in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).
In 1970-71, Sam Elliott starred as Doug Robert in the hit TV series Mission: Impossible, and played the lead character Sam Damon in Once an Eagle, an NBC miniseries during the 1976-77 season. He also played Tom Keating in the mini-series Aspen in 1977. He also had the starring role as Rick Carlson in the summer sleeper, Lifeguard (1976). In 1979, he played the oldest brother in the made-for-TV miniseries The Sacketts, also starring Tom Selleck, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens, Glenn Ford, Ruth Roman, Mercedes McCambridge, Jack Elam, and Gilbert Roland, among others. He later played a wife killer in the miniseries Murder in Texas (1981) and A Death in California (1985). Elliott's breakthrough came with his supporting role in Mask (1985) when he co-starred with Cher. He has made guest appearances on shows such as Felony Squad, Gunsmoke, Lancer and Hawaii Five-O and has been featured in many TV movies, including "Prancer" (1989) and Buffalo Girls (1995) in which he played Wild Bill Hickok. He has also starred in Road House (1989) with Patrick Swayze and played Virgil Earp in Tombstone (1993), which starred Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. In 1998, Elliot was named the grand marshal of the Calgary Stampede parade and rode in the procession before 300,000 spectators.
Elliott co-starred in We Were Soldiers, which is based on the book We Were Soldiers Once… And Young, portraying Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley. He portrayed General John Buford in the 1993 film Gettysburg. He also played General Thunderbolt Ross in the 2003 film Hulk.
Elliott played "The Stranger", a character narrating the story of The Big Lebowski (1998). In 2005 he appeared in Thank You For Smoking where he played a former Marlboro Man advertisement cowboy who has developed lung-cancer. Elliot joined Nicolas Cage in 2007 in the popular Ghost Rider, and stood out in another film the same year, in The Golden Compass as a key character, Lee Scoresby. In 2009, Elliott had a small role in Up In The Air in which he portrayed the Chief Pilot of American Airlines. He has a supporting role in the film The Company You Keep.
Elliott has performed voice-over narration for various commercials. He has lent his voice to campaigns for Dodge, IBM, Kinney Drugs, Union Pacific, and, most notably, the American Beef Council, succeeding Robert Mitchum in the latter. Since late 2007, Elliott has done voice-overs for Coors beer, bringing his deep, rich voice and "western" appeal to the brand brewed in Colorado. In 2010, Dodge hired Elliott to do the voice-over for their Ram Heavy Duty truck commercial. He is also the new voice for Smokey Bear ("Only YOU can prevent wildfires"). Eliott lent his voice to "Buster" (a.k.a. Chupadogra) in Marmaduke (2010). He also narrated the opening of the Super Bowl introductions, in 2011 Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas.
Elliott married actress Katharine Ross in 1984. Although Ross starred in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, in which Elliott had a very small role, the two did not meet and begin dating until 1978 when they both starred with Roger Daltrey in The Legacy. He and Katharine Ross have a daughter, Cleo Cole Elliott, born in 1984, who is now a musician in Malibu.
Not yet included in the overviews below are:
- Judd, for the Defense (Elliott was in 1 episode, The Crystal Maze in 1969, as Dan Kenyon)
- Felony Squad (Elliott was in 3 episodes: Kiss Me, Kill You in 1968 as Jack, The Fatal Hours in 1968 as Attendant, and Blind Terror in 1969 as Marine Leader)
- Land of the Giants (Elliott was in 1 episode, Six Hours to Live in 1969, as Martin Reed)
- The F.B.I. (Elliott was in 1 episode, The Prey in 1969, as SAC Kendall Lisbon)
- Lancer (Elliott was in 3 episodes: Death Bait in 1969 as Renslo, The Great Humbug in 1969 as Canopus, and Blue Skies for Willie Sharpe in 1970 as Cowboy)
- Bracken's World (Elliott was in 1 episode, Super-Star in 1970, as Todd Skinner)
- The Games (1970), as Richie Robinson
- The Mod Squad (Elliott was in 1 episode, Good Times Are Just Memories in 1972, as Rick Price)
- Mannix (Elliott was in 1 episode, Little Girl Lost in 1973, as Bill Saunders)
- Hawkins (Elliott was in 1 episode, Die Die, Darling in 1973, as Luther Wilkes)
- The Streets of San Francisco (Elliott was in 1 episode, The Hard Breed in 1974, as Ken Johnson)
- Doc Elliot (Elliott was in 1 episode, A Time to Live in 1974, as Lee Barrows)
- The Manhunter (Elliott was in 1 episode, The Ma Gantry Gang in 1974, as Will Gantry)
- Police Woman (Elliott was in 1 episode, Farewell, Mary Jane in 1975, as Michael Gregory)
- The Blue Lightning (1986), as Harry Wingate
- Robot Chicken (Elliott was in 1 episode, Hurtled from a Helicopter Into a Speeding Train in 2012, as Commander Waspax, Reporter and White Wine Narrator)
|1969||Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid||Card Player #2|
|1975||I Will Fight No More Forever||Captain Wood||direct to video film|
|1978||Legacy, TheThe Legacy||Pete Danner|
|1987||Fatal Beauty||Mike Marshak|
|1988||Shakedown||Richie Marks||Also titled "Blue Jean Cop"|
|1989||Road House||Wade Garrett|
|1990||Sibling Rivalry||Charles Turner Jr.|
|1993||Gettysburg||Brigadier General John Buford|
|1995||The Final Cut||John Pierce|
|1995||The Desperate Trail||Bill Speakes||direct to video film|
|1996||Dog Watch||Charlie Falon||direct to video film|
|1998||Big Lebowski, TheThe Big Lebowski||The Stranger|
|1998||Hi-Lo Country, TheThe Hi-Lo Country||Jim Ed Love|
|2000||Contender, TheThe Contender||Kermit Newman|
|2001||Pretty When You Cry||Detective Lukas Black|
|2002||We Were Soldiers||Sergeant Major Basil L. Plumley|
|2003||Hulk||General Thunderbolt Ross|
|2003||Off the Map||Charley|
|2005||Thank You for Smoking||Lorne Lutch|
|2006||Barnyard: The Original Party Animals||Ben the cow||voice only|
|2006||Alibi, TheThe Alibi||The Mormon||Also titled "Lies and Alibis"|
|2007||Ghost Rider||The Caretaker / Carter Slade|
|2007||Golden Compass, TheThe Golden Compass||Lee Scoresby|
|2009||Did You Hear About the Morgans?||Clay Wheeler|
|2009||Up in the Air||Maynard Finch||Nominated - Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated - Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
|2011||Big Bang, TheThe Big Bang||Simon Kestral|
|2012||The Company You Keep||Mac McLeod|
|2014||Draft Day||Coach Moore||Filming|
|1970||Challenge, TheThe Challenge||Bryant||Television film|
|1970-1971||Mission: Impossible||Dr. Douglas Robert (Lang)||13 episodes|
|1971||Assault on the Wayne||Ensign William 'Bill' Sandover||(TV movie)|
|1972||Gunsmoke||Cory Soames||1 episode (The Wedding)|
|1972||Molly and Lawless John||Johnny Lawler||(TV movie)|
|1973||The Blue Knight||Detective Charlie Bronski||(TV movie)|
|1974||Hawaii Five-O||Jack Houston||1 episode (The Two-Faced Corpse)|
|1974||Evel Knievel||Evel Knievel||(TV movie)|
|1976-1977||Once an Eagle||Sam Damon||7 episodes (TV miniseries)|
|1977||Aspen||Tom Keating||(TV movie)|
|1979||The Sacketts||Tell Sackett||(TV movie)|
|1980||Wild Times||Hugh Cardiff||2 episodes|
|1981||Murder in Texas||Dr. John Hill||(TV movie)|
|1982||Shadow Riders, TheThe Shadow Riders||Dal Traven||(TV movie)|
|1983||Yellow Rose, TheThe Yellow Rose||Chance McKenzie||1 episode|
|1983||Travis McGee||Travis McGee||(TV movie)|
|1985||A Death in California||D. Jordan Williams||2 episodes (TV miniseries)|
|1986||Gone to Texas||Sam Houston||(TV movie) Also titled "Houston: The Legend of Texas"|
|1987||Quick and the Dead, TheThe Quick and the Dead||Con Vallian||(TV movie)|
|1991||Conagher||Conn Conagher||(TV movie)
Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|1993||Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert||Lyn Cutter||(TV movie)|
|1995||The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky||Bill Bell||(TV movie)|
|1995||Buffalo Girls||Wild Bill Hickok||(TV movie)
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|1995||Blue River||Henry Howland||(TV movie)|
|1996||Woman Undone||Ross Bishop||(TV movie)|
|1997||Rough Riders||Capt. Bucky O'Neil||(TV movie)|
|1999||You Know My Name||Bill Tilghman||(TV movie)|
|2000||Fail Safe||Congressman Raskob||(TV movie)|
|2006||Avenger||Calvin Dexter||(TV movie)|
|2010||November Christmas||Jess Sanford||(TV movie)|
|2013||Parks And Recreation||Ron Dunn||1 episode|
- "Movies & TV: Sam Elliott Biography". New York Times. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- a "Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA" — ¶ 1.
- "Sam Elliott Biography (1944-)". Filmreference.com. 1944-08-09. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- "Sam Elliot Biography". Perfect People. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
- "Katharine Ross". People. 4 May 1992. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- Magruder, Melonie (31 December 2008). "Straight from her heart". Malibu Times. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- "'Cleo:". Daily Mail. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
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